A New Error by Moderat continues this month’s trend by featuring a wonky sequence that first leads and then underpins the majority of the track. As more instrumentation is added, it drives into the background, becoming a bed for the other instruments to play off. It’s removal halfway through the track creates a sparse void, which allows the aggressiveness of the base line to shine through.
A New Error demonstrates the versatility of a looping sequence when used creatively. Once it’s in the listeners head, it can stay the driving force of a track even if its removed completely:
It’s been 4 years and I still listen to the first Moderat album. It’s a great piece of electronica that manges to take mainstream dance music and filter it through some of the more fringe areas of electronica to create something still relevent today.
Now the wait is up and a second album entitled “moderat ii” is out. So will I still be listening to the new material in the next 4 years?
Well after a week of listening to it, I’m still finding new things to love which is a good sign. It’s a great album that anyone with in interest in electronica should listen to.
The production on it is quite simply sublime. Textures and melodys are treated with equal reverence and will make the album appeal to a large group of electronica fans. From mainstream dance to the more experimental edges there is something for everyone here.
The mix of Apparat and Modeselectors ideas make something distinctively unique yet reverential to their individual works. I hope we don’t have another 4 year wait on our hands to hear more.
“Bad Kingdom” is the most Single friendly track on the album, and the one chosen for promotion. If you like what you hear or would like to hear more of the soundscapes behind this track then Give the album a listen:
Moderat haven’t released an album since there debut in 2009 and from what they have said in the past it didn’t look hopeful that they would.
Made from two successful acts (Apparat, Modeselektor) it was reported that their opinions on music creation and how to do it, resulted in a seven year gap between their first EP and their album.
So it was a surprise to hear that they are working together again on a new album last month. Something I greatly anticipate.
I think its partly due to the two styles of electronica and methods of creating it that make Moderat so good, You get the Beats of Modeselektor with the evolving organic sounds of Apparat, resulting in music that is original and yet catchy. It has made their album, although ancient by electronica standards, still as forward thinking and fresh as ever.
Here’s an instrumental track from the album entitled Les Grandes Marches:
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